Creating A Hack-proof Password
November 19, 2011 by staff
Creating A Hack-proof Password, In spite of a constant drumbeat of news about hacking and cracking computer accounts, users still are employing extremely common and obvious phrases as passwords. The compilation, drawn up by Splashdata and reported in Mashable, finds that incredibly enough, the leading password in use today is the word “password.” Interestingly, number 4 on the list, the keyboard lineup of “qwerty,” is counterbalanced by item number 23, “qazwsx,” which is the first three rows of keys typed vertically.
The list closely parallels that developed close to two years ago by Imperva, showing that these terms never go out of vogue.
Here is this year’s list:
SmartPlanet colleague Tuan C. Nguyen provides a surprisingly simple technique for deriving a strong password that makes it difficult for hacking programs to arrive at the right brute force combination — employing a symbol in combination with an upper-case and lower-case letter.
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